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Playing Pasta e Fagioli (Cooked in the Style of Risotto - Pasta Risottata)


  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound mezze penne or penne pasta
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 ribs celery with leafy tops, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 small bulb fennel, chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped or sliced
  • 8 to 10 leaves sage, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, stripped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 can cannellini or Roman beans (preferred brand Goya), drained
  • 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus additional to pass at the table


Serves: 4-6


Heat stock and water in a medium-size pot over moderate heat.
In a large, deep skillet, heat EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Melt butter into the oil; when it foams, add the pasta and stir. Once golden, add vegetables, garlic and herbs. Stir 2-3 minutes to soften then add tomato paste, stir to incorporate then add wine. Stir until wine is absorbed then add 2 cups of the warm stock and water. Stir gently until absorbed. Continuing adding the warm stock and water in stages until pasta is almost al dente and starchy/creamy.  Add the white beans, let them heat through a minute  then stir in cheese.

Serve in shallow bowls, drizzled with more EVOO and pass more cheese at the table.

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